Friday, January 10, 2020

The U.S. is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government

I realize no one remembers this, but the current U.S. deployment in Iraq is at the invitation of the Iraqi government. It is not a continuation of the occupying force from the 2003 Iraq War (which is what most people seem to think).

President Obama was elected on a platform of fully withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. He also came in to office after the Bush Administration agreed to a withdrawal timetable with the Iraqi government. Although the Bush withdrawal timetable was a bit slower than what Obama had promised on the campaign trail, Obama ultimately adopted the Bush timetable and the last U.S. forces left Iraq on December 18, 2011.

So why are U.S. troops still in Iraq? 30 months after the U.S. withdrew, the Iraqi government asked for help fighting the Islamic State and invited U.S. intervention. In June 2014, U.S. forces returned to assist Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS. That is the current mission.

Because the U.S. is currently in Iraq by invitation of the Iraqi government, I don't see how they can stay if that government asks them to leave. Well, except for the fact that the Trump Administration are a bunch of total dicks who don't give a shit about the Iraqi Constitution that the U.S. drafted.